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Established 'Old Bali' style private secluded serene estate near Ubud, w/staff

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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
3 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
Among the hundreds of 'villas' that have popped up on rental sites over the past years, 'Rumah Kartika Dharma' (aka 'Dr. Michael's House') stands out. An historical property, it is one of first 'Western ' properties to be developed in the Ubud area. Built in 1979/80 on a large tract of land, it was the first development on the old tract of land owned by the Prince of the area, whose palace was at what now is the Campuhan Hotel. The home, an amalgam of Balinese and contemporary California styling, featured the first solar voltaic system in Bali. Built on several levels on ~ 2.5 acres (~ 0.75 hectares) of land overlooking the Campuhan River Gorge cut by the River Oos. it is a huge property by Balinese standards, and features a main house, a 'Bale Begong' (open-air yoga-pavilion,) a small po...Among the hundreds of 'villas' that have popped up on rental sites over the past years, 'Rumah Kartika Dharma' (aka 'Dr. Michael's House') stands out. An historical property, it is one of first 'Western ' properties to be developed in the Ubud area. Built in 1979/80 on a large tract of land, it was the first development on the old tract of land owned by the Prince of the area, whose palace was at what now is the Campuhan Hotel. The home, an amalgam of Balinese and contemporary California styling, featured the first solar voltaic system in Bali. Built on several levels on ~ 2.5 acres (~ 0.75 hectares) of land overlooking the Campuhan River Gorge cut by the River Oos. it is a huge property by Balinese standards, and features a main house, a 'Bale Begong' (open-air yoga-pavilion,) a small pool shelter, and a 3.5X13 meter long totally private swimming pool. There are paths and steps to the different levels, and even a small level space suitable for a contained soccer/football game for the children... A caretaker ('Made') lives in a separate discrete structure elsewhere of the land and provides security, house- and pool-care, laundry and (occasional) childcare services, and guidance and history on all things Bali. His wife ('Ketut') provides gourmet cooking (no extra charge-- she will prepare up to 2 meals/day for your family-- you just reimburse for the cost of food...), will help with childcare, and makes all of the necessary daily offerings to the Balinese Gods... The home is an older open-air 2-story structure, with a partially open kitchen, 2 enclosed A/C bedrooms, 2 'tropical' bathrooms (1 'en-suite;' the other attached to bedroom # 2, but open for use of occupants of the upstairs suite, if needed,) and a partially 'open' upstairs common area which contains a sitting area, a massage table, and a small 'suite' with ornate carved Maduranese Chinese Wedding bed, sitting area, amoire, TV, and fan. We have an amazing massage therapist who will come to the house when asked; she also does manicures & pedicures... The property is secluded, quiet and serene, yet steps away (< 5-minute walk) from one of the most popular, bustling, new area of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues in the Ubud area. You are also only a 5 minute walk from Blanco Museum, 10 minutes from the Campuhan Ridge trail, and a 20 minute walk from Monkey Forest Road. Made Suardi, your house manager, is an unobtrusive fountain of knowledge,w and can help with any arrangements (including car & driver).My home is older, and a bit 'warn around the edges, but it is clean and expansive with a loving 'patina' with splendid artwork & carving all around, and has a loving staff and amazing privacy for Bali. It is 'one-of-a-kind.' Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: N/AMore
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Have a fine time and be respectful to local customs and to house staff
Bathrooms
1 Full bath, 1 Attached (ensuite)
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About the Owner
Michael G
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:October 2012
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Reviewed 9 September 2019

We stayed at Rumah Kartika Dharma for 7 nights and had a wonderful time. Our experience began when we were picked up at the airport by Wayan and his wife Manika who safely drove us to Ubud where we were met by Made. All three...More

Date of stay: August 2019
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Air Conditioning
Balcony
Suitable For Children Under 5
Deck
Refrigerator
Housekeeping Included
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Parking
Patio
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Private Garden
Staffed Property
Stereo System
Cooker
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Wi-Fi
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About the neighbourhood
Close to shopping, restaurants, and all the joys of the Ubud area, but quite private in a jungle-like setting. A new hotel has recently been built in sight of our property, which modestly diminished the isolation, but still quieter, larger (> 2 acres of land and gardens) and more private than other properties in the area. Pool is private and clean. New hotel being constructed nearby has provided us with some muted construction noises during 2018. Completion due mid-2020?.
Getting around
Bicycle, motorbike and car rental easily available. We have private arrangements with 2 excellent drivers who speak English well and will take you where you wish to go... Lots of wonderful walks around the area. **The path to the house from the road is ~ 100 meters long and has a 15 degree slope in parts. It is well lighted and in excellent condition, but may not be good for those who have ambulation difficulties. You cannot drive right up to the house, which makes it more private, but there is a 5 minute walk to and from the house from the road...
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